Healing and Politics

Though this is not a political blog, it’s hard to separate politics from healing when there seems to be so much need for healing in our current political climate. No matter what country you live in, there seem to be so many issues rearing their heads, from nationalism, to economic inequality, to anti-immigrant policies. And yet, each day there is something to celebrate. Each day people are still fighting for the good. And each day is a chance for me to remember that the greatest shift happens within. 

What if all politicians and all people came to realize that there is only one of us? That would pretty quickly solve a lot of our problems. If we saw ourselves in everyone else we would never be able to hurt other people, leave them starving, try to kick them out of our country, and worse. I truly do believe healing and developing one’s consciousness is one of the most important steps we can take to further the human race. There is only one of us.

I was not raised to believe that there is only one of us. I was raised to see separation and competition, even in my own small life on this planet. As I healed, I had very profound experiences of seeing other people, completely random other people, even everyone I encountered, as being fully human, full of light, and my siblings. Those experiences are not easy to forget. Would that every person could see the full humanness of each of us. We would heal our planet much more quickly than we have been.

Going through the Tunnel

My two-year-old daughter has lately been surprisingly interested in watching videos of railroad handcars and railbikes. I’ll admit, they’re soothing and interesting (our favorite is this one). We’ve watched them after reading bedtime stories for the last few nights in a row. In one video, a man riding a railbike approaches and enters a very dark train tunnel. Approaching the tunnel looks a little scary – no light inside, and no telling where he will end up. 

It’s a lot like birth. And a lot like major transformation.

Tunnel moments in life are tough. These are the times when you can’t quite see ahead of you, can’t see behind you, and can’t leave the path you’re on. You are set on the path, it’s leading you somewhere- but where? It can feel lonely and confusing. It can feel like you’ve lost your way. It can feel like you have no idea where you’re going. 

If you are in a tunnel moment in your life, don’t give up just because you can’t see the end. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope. There is redemption and peace and love. It can be hard to remember in the middle of the tunnel, but you must keep going. The other side is there, even if you can’t see it yet.